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Favorite Things To Do in Luang Prabang


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Luang Prabang, Laos

Traveling to a new country for the first time is always a thrilling experience. If Laos isn’t on your radar, it should be! Bordered by China, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia, this Southeast Asian country is an absolute hidden gem. We spent three nights at a small yet fascinating town called Luang Prabang. In 1995, the entire town was granted UNESCO world heritage status! How cool is that? And although it is small, you’ll be surprised that the things to do here are endless!  

HERITAGE WALK 

Explore the long history of Luang Prabang on foot or on bicycle (we recommend the latter)! Visit the stunning Buddhist temples and palaces that have been beautifully preserved by the locals. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO world heritage site for a reason. Make sure to visit the Grand Palace, Wat Xiengthong, Vat Nong Sikhounmuang, and Haw Pha Bang just to name a few. You’ll soon realize that when you visit this place, you are stepping back in time.

KUANG SI WATERFALL

The majestic Kuang Si Waterfall is not to be missed! It’s definitely one of the biggest highlights that Luang Prabang has to offer. Kuang Si Falls has 3 tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into shallow pools, before flowing downstream. Surrounded by a lush tropical jungle, the pools have cascades of up to 5 metres high. We had such a great time with our friends swimming in the turquoise waters. One thing I wish I did was wear proper waterfall footwear as the rocks are very slippery. Wear shoes with a solid sole that have non-slip properties to prevent slips and falls.

Entrance fee is 20,000 kip, open daily 08:30-17:30.

SUNSET CRUISE 

This was one of my absolute favorite things we did while in Luang Prabang. The sunset cruise we took on the Mekong River was truly a brilliant way to see a different side of town—all while lounging on daybeds nibbling on delicious canapes and having refreshing drinks! The entire cruise lasted two hours and I could not recommend it enough. Sit back, relax, and watch the world sail by. 

FRENCH BAKERIES 

One of the pleasant surprises we had during our trip was finding out how many French bakeries there are in Luang Prabang! This is due to the fact that Laos was once colonized by the French, therefore you’ll find a lot of influence from French culture that still exist to this day. We loved riding our bikes from the hotel to a popular hotspot called La Banneton Cafe. It became our favorite spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and warm almond croissants in the mornings. Je t’aime! 


-Elizabeth